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2023 Online Anti-Trafficking Conference
This annual event provides you with the tools to keep you and your loved ones safe from exploitation.
Look forward to over 12 hours of pre-recorded presentations by survivor leaders and human trafficking experts available for you to view at your leisure for an entire month!
Saturday, January 28, 2023 | Tuesday, February 28, 2023
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LGBTQIA+ Youth and Human Trafficking: Susceptibility and Solutions
Description: Youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ often face discrimination, and lack confidence, financial stability, and family support — factors that can lead to homelessness and vulnerability to human trafficking. Join us at Let’s Talk for a free webinar on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 7:30 PM ET for LGBTQIA+ Youth and Human Trafficking: Susceptibility and Solutions. Wade Arvizu will discuss factors that make LGBTQIA+ youth vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking, and how the community can engage in prevention and improve access to services for LGBTQIA-identifying youth.
Time: June 16, 2022 | 7:30 PM ET | LIVE | ONLINE
About our Speaker, Wade Arvizu:
Wade Arvizu has been providing recommendations and input to inform research, policies, and programs to combat trafficking since 2014. He published his first book, Fragments: A Post Traumatic Paradigm in 2019, under the pseudonym K.D. Roche. Fragments has been quoted in college textbooks, utilized in family trafficking court cases, and used to train the Department of Child and Family Services in many US states on family facilitated exploitation. Wade has also focused much of his work on improving services and advocating for LGBQ+ and Transgender survivors of exploitation. He is working on his second book, which focuses on the connection between the systemic oppression of queer and transgender youth and trafficking. He is passionate about economic empowerment for survivors of exploitation and trafficking and grateful for the opportunity to work to increase the number of survivors employed in economically stable jobs through his work as the Associate Director of Employment Pathways at Survivor Alliance.
Book link: https://kdroche.com/book/
What You Need to Know About Labor Trafficking: Definition, Scope, and Eliminating Forced Labor from Supply Chains
Description: Labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery worth over $150 billion annually. You’re invited to delve into the issue by joining us for an online discussion with Mary Graw Leary, Professor of Law at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. In this talk, you’ll learn about the scope of labor trafficking, including common fora for trafficking and common products Americans consume with histories of forced labor, as well as explore current issues with eliminating forced labor from supply chains.
Let’s Talk: What About the Buyers? Fighting Human Trafficking by Fighting Demand
Description: Children in our communities and all over the world are at risk of being trafficked every day. But we could make human trafficking much less a threat if we could stop people from buying sex. Valiant Richey, a global expert on human trafficking, joins us for a conversation about how communities, law enforcement, and political leaders can come together to stop the demand for human trafficking. This webinar, a must-attend for advocates, parents, law enforcement and policymakers, as well as civilian and businesses in the private sector, will focus on:
· Why we should focus on demand to stop sex trafficking;
· How to understand buyers;
· What states need to do to address demand; and
· How the United States compares to other countries on focusing on demand.
About our Featured Speaker, Val Richey: Valiant (Val) Richey is the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He represents the OSCE at the political level on anti-trafficking issues, and assists the 57 OSCE participating States in the development and implementation of anti-trafficking strategies and initiatives. His office also serves a co-ordinating function among OSCE structures and institutions involved in combating trafficking in human beings. Before joining the OSCE, Val worked for thirteen years as a prosecutor in Seattle handling sexual assault, child exploitation, and human trafficking cases. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in political science from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington.
The Deadly Intersection Between Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis
Description: The opioid crisis continues to impact every community in America. Traffickers often use drugs and addiction as tools to control and manipulate victims. Anti-Trafficking International invites you to attend this special online event to learn about the dangerous – and often deadly – relationship between human trafficking and opioids. Join us as author and survivor leader Barbara Amaya reads from her award-winning book Nobody’s Girl: A Memoir of Lost Innocence, Modern Day Slavery & Transformation. Who should attend? Medical experts, first responders, parents, teachers, substance abuse counselors, and community leaders who want to understand what human trafficking survivors experience, and how to spot someone who is being trafficked while struggling with addiction.
Time: August 5, 2021 8 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Let’s Talk: Human Trafficking in the Age of COVID
Description: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of students around the nation are not yet attending school for in-person, full-time instruction. With greater downtime, as well as more time spent online, they’re left open to increased vulnerabilities.
Bill Woolf, Anti-Trafficking International’s founder and U.S. Department of Justice Director of Human Trafficking Programs, joined us for a discussion about how the Covid-19 pandemic has put our teens at risk.
– an analysis of the current state of human trafficking during the pandemic
– the increased risk factors associated with the lockdowns
– tips for keeping young people safe while online during this time
– warning signs and red flags that a young person might be being groomed for trafficking